Colour-coded Hygge

There’s been a Great British Hygge backlash! Any interiors fan will be familiar with with term ‘Hygee’, however there are reports of people just seeing the first three letters of the word before being engulfed by an inexplicable rage, as marketers have stolen the word from it’s Danish homeland and well and truly over used it. However, will that stop The Chromologist exploring the idea? Of course not!

The Danes, those arbiters of taste, are really onto something with the concept, which in very simplistic terms is about taking pleasure in simple nesting activities. In the many rhapsodies we’ve encountered about the subject this can cover anything from making a coffee to putting a lit candle on the dinner table or throwing the most cosy blanket around yourself while the cat snuggles in front of a roaring fire. To discover Hygge in a lot more detail, get your hands on one of these books.

For some colour-coded ideas on how to up the cosy factor in your home this winter, here’s our interpretation of how to get Hyggey* with some of Farrow & Ball’s recent colour trends…

*Yes, we know that this is not how you pronounce it.



A room painted in Setting Plaster from Farrow & Ball’s A/W 2016 trends


Chair, Socks, Blanket, Sheep.

Earthy browns


Salon Drab with a pop of Yeabridge Green



Sheepskin, Cushion, Chair, Quilt 

Dark night shades


Bedroom painted in cocooning Railings


Chair, Light, Rug, Hot water bottle cover

Grey-ish neutrals


Drop Cloth walls from the Farrow & Ball’s 2016 trends


Chair, Pouff, Blanket, Reindeer hide

For more ideas on how to introduce cosy fabrics into your home, may we refer you back to this earlier article on The Textured Home.

Holding image from Toast, which offers an extremely Hygge-appropriate shopping experience.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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